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Ensuring Accountability: Are Corporations Funding Insurrections or Just Bad Political Candidates?

After President Biden prevailed in the general elections, 147 Republicans voted to overturn those results thus planting the seeds for the subsequent riot. But, what role did corporate America play in this sequence of events? For instance, Toyota donated $62,000 to 39 members of Congress who refused to certify the Electoral College results, and only reversed course following consumer backlash. While corporate America largely stopped PAC contributions to the 147 Republicans who blocked the election results, others–such as telecom giant AT&T and health insurer Cigna–have resumed donations. Beyond the January 6th attack on the Capitol, is corporate political giving to candidates who advance corporate–rather than the public–interest undermining our democracy? Are politicians up for sale? During this session, experts discuss money in politics and needed reform.


  • Judd Legum, Founder and Author, Popular Information
  • Daniel I. Weiner, Deputy Director, Election Reform, Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice


  • Engy Abdelkader, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law; Council Member, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Member, ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice; Fellow, American Bar Foundation


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